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Miller will ski despite sore ankle

U.S. skier Bode Miller, who has failed to medal in four Alpine races, tweaked his left ankle playing pickup basketball Tuesday but is expected to compete Saturday.

"I've been told it's not real serious," Alpine director Jesse Hunt said Wednesday night. "I don't think it's going to become a big issue."

Hunt said it is common for ski racers to play other sports between races. "The guys are playing games all the time - soccer, basketball - to loosen up and relax," Hunt said. "That's not new to our program."

Miller, the defending World Cup overall champion, will likely end up skiing in all five Alpine disciplines, the slalom being his last chance to win a medal.

Miller finished fifth in the downhill, was disqualified for straddling a gate in the combined, skied out of the super giant slalom after crashing into a gate and tied for sixth in the giant slalom.

DAVIS, HEDRICK MAKE NICE: Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick shook hands Wednesday, accepted their medals and insisted they're ready to move on from the "soap opera."

The U.S. speed skaters said far too much has been made of their rivalry. But they stopped short of saying they settled anything with a handshake at the ceremony a day after the 1,500 meters.

"I did my best but fell a little short," Davis said of his silver. "To me, that's more important than the handshake."

"We've never been buddies," said Hedrick, the bronze medalist. "So for people to think there's a big problem, it was crazy."

SUICIDE ATTEMPT: The Austrian ski coach who ignited a doping scandal said he had no medical equipment and that he was so "shattered" by the episode that he tried to kill himself by crashing into a police roadblock.

"When something like that happens to you, you are in an extraordinary mental situation. I wanted to take my own life, because my world had been destroyed. I wanted to end my life with the car," Walter Mayer told an Austrian magazine.

Mayer's presence among Austria's biathletes and cross-country skiers set off police raids and intense scrutiny from the IOC.

- TIMES WIRES

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